Rachel Maddow sounded the alarm on Thursday a few determined try by Republicans in Texas to stop voters in city counties from having the ability to flip of their ballots.
Because the MSNBC host identified, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott introduced earlier within the day that he was ordering the closure of a number of ballot drop-off sites throughout the state, proclaiming that every county – no matter dimension or inhabitants – ought to solely have one drop field.
“In huge, numerous city counties … the place nearly all the Democratic votes will come from in Texas, it is a last-minute, no-notice shutdown to attempt to hold individuals from having the ability to vote,” Maddow stated.
“Nervous a lot, Texas Republicans?” she added.
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Governor Abbott at the moment with no warning stated all of these [ballot drop-off sites] should be shut down tomorrow. At some point’s discover. He has proclaimed, with a proclamation at the moment, that there might solely be one drop-off location per county, as of tomorrow. So like Harris County, which incorporates Houston – Harris County, decide one, it’s important to shut 11 of your voting websites. To be clear, Harris County geographically is roughly the dimensions of Rhode Island. It’s practically 2,000 sq. miles. Greater than 4.6 million individuals reside there. They’ve to shut 11 of the 12 websites the place individuals have been dropping off ballots. You solely get one from right here on out and also you get at some point’s discover to make the decision. Nervous a lot, Texas Republicans? I imply it’s true, in a lot of small, frivolously populated rural Texas counties, perhaps solely having one drop-off web site is just not going to make that huge of a distinction. However in huge, numerous city counties – actually huge 2,000 sq. mile counties – the place nearly all the Democratic votes will come from in Texas, it is a last-minute, no-notice shutdown to attempt to hold individuals from having the ability to vote.
Texas is in attain for Democrats – and Republicans understand it
No matter whether or not Joe Biden wins Texas in November, the GOP appears to acknowledge that the state is increasingly in reach for the Democrats.
Whether or not it occurs on this presidential election or a future contest, Texas is on the trail to changing into a blue state. Proper now, in truth, Trump solely leads Biden by three percentage points within the Lone Star state.
As a substitute of attempting to win over the more and more numerous inhabitants in Texas, Republicans are working extra time to maintain people from having the ability to forged a poll – and so they’re doing it in plain sight.
Sean Colarossi presently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts diploma in Journalism from the College of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for each of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He additionally labored with Deliberate Parenthood as an Inexpensive Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, serving to northeast Ohio residents acquire medical health insurance protection.